Born 1946 in London, English photographer Gered Mankowitz dropped out of school at 15 years of age, without any proper qualifications. However, his natural photography gifts were discovered on a school trip to the Netherlands by the photographer Tom Blau. Blau offered Mankowitz an apprenticeship, and after a few months on the job, he had worked in all the departments, and began taking assignments.
In 1962, Mankowitz began taking photos professionally in Barbados, and when he returned to London, he took a position in the Parisian fashion world, but quickly realized that that style of photography was not for him.
In 1963, he broke into the music photography industry, and felt at home being able to work with artists his own age. At the end of that same year, Mankowitz opened his own studio.
After a few months, Mankowitz began working with Marianne Faithfull and The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Free, Traffic, The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Soft Machine, Slade, Gary Glitter, Suzi Quatro, Sweet, Elton John, Kate Bush, Eurythmics, ABC, heavy metal band Budgie and Duran Duran.
In 1982, Mankowitz was featured in an exhibition at London’s Photographer’s Gallery, and had his work viewed by over 16,000 people. This exhibition then toured the U.K. for 2 years.
For the next 22 years, Mankowitz was based in his North London Studio, mainly working in the advertising industry, and contributing to major publications. He still works in the music industry, regularly works for newspapers and magazines and his work is being shown and sold in galleries throughout the world.
These beautiful photos are part of his work that Gered Mankowitz captured portrait of Kate Bush in 1978 and 1979.